College

College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2022-04-28 08:28:04

Major

Electrical Engineering

Honors Course

4400:401

Number of Credits

3

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2022

Abstract

The purpose of this project is to develop a soil monitoring system that can remotely sense and relay soil conditions back to a user. The deMETER soil probe, Demeter is the Greek goddess of the harvest, is designed to aid hobbyist gardeners, small-scale farms, and nurseries to monitor their dynamic soil conditions and maximize their harvest. The probe is a self-powered system that can monitor the moisture and essential nutrients of the soil profile to determine which areas should receive water and fertilizer. This would significantly cut water and fertilizer waste. The solution will include an embedded system with sensors that provides continuous monitoring of an area of soil. This device will connect wirelessly with another embedded system via an app with an easy user interface. The user interface will show the current moisture and nutrient levels of the soil being monitored and allow for the user to set a moisture/nutrient level setpoint. If the current level of the soil is at, above, or below the setpoint, it will trigger an alarm to notify the user to address the issue.

Research Sponsor

Gregory A. Lewis

First Reader

Dr. Hamid Bahrami

Second Reader

Dr. Robert Veillette

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Robert Veillette

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